Mistreatment of cat leads to rape arrest


Published Jul 8, 2012 at 05:00AM / Updated Nov 19, 2013 at 12:31AM

ASHLAND — Ashland police looking to arrest a rape suspect found their man when people called to complain about his bizarre behavior at the city’s Fourth of July parade.

The Ashland Daily Tidings reports that police had a warrant for the arrest of 47-year-old Wesley Hoseclaw.

They located the homeless man Wednesday after getting calls about a man swinging a cat that was trapped in a net above his head.

The rape charges stem from an incident that occurred in June, when a woman says she was attacked after allowing Hoseclaw to stay the night.

Hoseclaw pleaded not guilty to rape and numerous other charges. He remains lodged in the Jackson County Jail on more than $1 million bail.

Police say the cat was not injured.